Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Fostoria City Schools! It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I write this letter to introduce myself to you as the newly hired Curriculum Director. I am excited to have the opportunity to utilize my skills as an educational leader, knowledge of curriculum and instruction, and staff development to continue to move Fostoria City Schools down the path to greatness! My goal is to serve as a resource and support for staff, students, and families alike – to be a true partner in education to ensure every child’s success.
As curriculum director, there will be several areas that I will be working on and supporting staff and students in. First and foremost, I will be focusing on consistent implementation of instructional strategies to increase student achievement across the district and utilizing data to drive our instruction. Other areas that I will be focusing on will be grant writing, coordination of State Testing for the district, facilitation of a review of the district’s science curriculum and potential new curriculum adoption, and providing structure for our new teacher mentorship program. I will also continue supporting our three elementary schools as they move into Year 3 as Leader in Me Schools and provide support and direction for our Junior Senior High School as they enter their first year implementing LEAD.
As Curriculum Director, my door is always open, and I welcome your comments or questions. Please continue to check the district website regularly - My goal is to have helpful links, educational resources, new information, upcoming events, and additional information to help support you and your child.
Mrs. Tera Matz
Parent Involvement-The district believes that significant learning by students is more likely to occur when there is an effective partnership between the district, schools, and students’ parents/guardians. Such a partnership means a mutual belief in and commitment to significant educational goals for each student, a plan for the means to accomplish those goals, cooperation on developing and implementing solutions to problems that may be encountered and continuing communication regarding the progress of accomplishing these goals. The district, in collaboration with parents, has outlined its commitment to parent involvement in the District Parent Involvement Plan. In addition, each school has a parent involvement policy that was developed jointly by the district, schools, and parents and is reviewed and revised annually.
This year, the district will be focusing on hosting quarterly district-wide parent engagement opportunities. Each of these events will have activities and sessions that are both fun and informational. Sessions will cover a variety of topics including a focus on math and reading, college and career readiness, and other high interest topics for families. These events will offer a dinner for families as well as the opportunity to pick sessions that best meet the needs of your family! More information will be coming about this exciting addition, but please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 26, 2017 for our first event!
Online Resources-As a district we are excited to be able to offer an increasing number of opportunities for our students to access textbooks, coursework, and other academic materials online. Below is information on these opportunities – your student(s) should have received usernames and passwords for all of these resources. Please contact your children(s) teacher if you need assistance with logging on or have questions regarding what is available for your child.
STRIDE ACADEMY is an Internet-based academic program giving students the opportunity to enhance their Math, Reading and Science skills while working on a computer at home or at school. Because it links learning, competition, and a fun video-game format, students engage with Stride Academy as an entertaining way to practice and master grade-level skills and beyond. STRIDE is based on the Common Core State Standards and closely linked to the content students study here at school. Our goal for implementing STRIDE ACADEMY is to provide individualized intervention and enrichment to each and every student. All buildings have purchased STRIDE accounts for their students. Our goal is to have students spend time both in and out of school working in the STRIDE ACADEMY program. We hope that you will join us by encouraging your child to use this resource at home, as together we improve student learning opportunities and performance. Visit www.stridestart.com to access your student’s account.
Connect Ed is the technology component that supports our McGraw-Hill curriculum materials. Currently the K-6 Reading Wonders and 7-12 Social Studies materials can be accessed here. Logging into Connect Ed allows students to access their textbook, supplemental reading materials, assignments, and assessments online. Students can practice skills, read selections, and locate homework. Visit www.connected.mcgraw-hill.com to access your student’s account.
The district’s K-12 math curriculum as well as the K-6 Social Studies Curriculum is both supported by Pearson Education. The online portion of the curriculum is known as Pearson Realize, which offers access to the student textbook and additional educational opportunities including math games, helpful tools for online student work and tracking student progress. Visit www.pearsonrealize.com to access your student’s account.
Don’t forget that Progress Book is also a great tool for you and your child to utilize to keep track of grades and classroom performance. If you or your child(ren) have not yet set up accounts, we encourage you to do so!
Curriculum Adoption-You may have noticed that over the last couple of years, FCS has updated our curriculum materials in several content areas. This is because the district has committed itself to get back on schedule for a five-years curriculum review cycle. This year, the focus of the district will be on reviewing the needs of the science department PK-12. The investment into these new curriculum adoptions is something that the district takes very seriously. In order to ensure that a thorough review of our needs and options is completed FCS will assemble a committee of K-12 teachers, administrators, parents and students to begin this review process. The goal for the committee is to determine what resources will best meet the needs of our students for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.